Monday, April 4, 2011

April Is For #Vampires: Bram Stoker's Dracula (the novel)

In 1897, an Irishman named Bram Stoker published a little book that would shape our vampire world for the next century and beyond. I'm sure he had no idea at the time that the book he wrote would have such far reaching influence. I'm sure if we were to dig up ol' Brammy today, he'd be rather shocked to see the culture of vampires that continues to haunt and delight the public. Although there had been many versions of vampire myths and lore, and a few random tales written about similar creatures, Stoker's Dracula is certainly the most memorable. He made the vampire a real being, something more human than maybe had been explored in folklore and put him into modern times that even though it was in the late1800s, we can still identify with. And Stoker's Count Dracula had style and charisma, something everyone wants and envies.


When you check out Bloody Little Secrets, coming in May, 2011, you'll notice that the students are reading Bram Stoker's Dracula in English class and reference it quite a bit. Thanks Bram, for all the inspiration!

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